The parade starts moving at 1 p.m., heading south on Mulberry Street from Columbus Avenue, east on West Pearl Street, north on Main Street, east on Boehringer Street, south on Park Avenue, west on George Street and north on Mulberry back to the start. The parade route may be modified to include the new two-way East Pearl Street section within the shopping area.
Grand marshals are the chamber’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner Tim Dietz and Educator of the Year Eric Heppner. Three groups honored by the chamber also will be cheered: the Batesville Beautification League as Distinguished Volunteer Group, the Kiwanis Club as Distinguished Organization and the Community Issues Committee, which earned a Special Award.
Elves will carry banners in front of the three best floats, which will earn plaques and be displayed after the procession near the Village Green. The top three will receive $100, $75 and $50 in chamber gift certificates, respectively.
Families that want to view the winning floats and Santa in his carriage will need to stand on the route before the intersection of George and Walnut streets, where those entries will exit the procession to avoid getting in after-parade traffic.
During the parade, the chairman reminds, ìSafety is our No. 1 concern. Watch your kids to make sure they’re not picking up candyî too close to floats, vehicles or horses.
Organizing the procession is ìa fun time, but also a challenge. It’s nerve-wracking and chaotic at the end, but it always seems to come together.î
The best part for Tekulve is “interacting with the people,” not only as floats and groups get lined up, but also the camaraderie he feels with ìa pretty big group that puts it all together.î Those include a chamber committee (Tekulve and Tucker plus Donna Burdett, Bill Flannery, Lori Feldbauer, Liz Stenger, Joan Schornick, Bertie Schmidt, Marilyn Schnur and Tamara Lamping); street department, police and fire personnel; and a bunch of Tekulve’s family and friends.